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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

Ok, I'll look further into it. I get nervous about anything that might stop working if it comes near something sharp, though.

And, since bljones had the audacity to ask... and honestly a pic might not be a bad idea for giving you an idea of what kind of "accommodation" I need... and because this pic has my adorable daughter in it and I can hardly pass up an opportunity to brag on her...



Taken in Hawaii about a year ago. Maybe next time we go we can sail there and avoid the hassle of airport security.
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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

A TypeII vest is a semi-mythological creature, no one has ever seen one in real life.

A Type3 is going to be uncomfortable even if you're not, ah, chesty. For comfort people buy Type5 inflateable PFDs, preferably an auto-inflate with built in harness and crotch strap. You can wear it "slack" as long as you've take the important step of actually inflating it (by mouth is OK) in the water to make sure it will fit right when it IS inflated.

And FWIW, an inflateable shouldn't be worn unless you're willing to CHECK IT from time to time, to make sure it holds air.

Yes, every brand and model fits a bit differently, but AFAIK none of them come in "portly" or "chesty". Although, maybe that's a sales opportunity for Maidenform. :-)

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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

Holy Shite that was funny, Jones.....I have nothing productive to add to this thread
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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

Type II are close to the most uncomfortable life jackets you can buy. They are the cheap ones sold by west marine to meet the USCG carriage requirement of one for everyone aboard. Don't even think about them for general wear, they are terrible, and manufacturers have no intention of making them better since they do what they are supposed to.... Live in a bag somewhere to show off when the Coast Guard show up.

Type I is like II but actually more comfortable. Though they are full jackets intended for off shore use. Again, don't think about them for general wear, they are hot, heavy, and not really designed to be comfortable.

For always on, the only realistic option is an inflatable. I appreciate the concern about sharp objects, but the covers, and bladders on the USCG approved list are very durable. I have one that is now about 8 years old, and still passed certification this year with no maintenance done.

Take a look for type V inflatables with type II performance (type II must roll you over on your back if you are unconscious). Ideally spend the extra to get a true type II inflatable that doesn't have to be worn to meet carriage requirements, since that way you have an extra life jacket on board.

As for manufacturer... I like the Mustang or Musto brands, but they are both heavy off shore types. For more moderate sailing, I would just go try as many on as you can. There is a lot of variation between manufacturers, and models.
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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

BL - I was thinkin' the same thing...

Brigalia - +2 for having the guts to post the pic

If you got the bucks, these are great;


And they're available in gurly colors too;


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Brigalia - +2 for having the guts to post the pic
Hah! I thought about it for quite a while. But, you know... that's what I look like. Why should I be ashamed of it? Frustrated that I can't find clothes that fit well? Yeah. Tired of it hurting my back? Hell yeah. But I figure you all are way more mature than the kids who made fun of me in the 6th grade.

Money's not a huge concern. I mean, it's always a factor, since my herb garden only grows basil and not money. But I'm not one to skimp on stuff that is there to save your life. You'd probably all choke if you knew how much I'd spent on car seats for my daughter in the 2 short years she's been alive... ... and not because more expensive directly = safer, but because a safety device is only as safe as it is used consistently and correctly. Something that doesn't fit just right tempts you to get lazy and maybe not wear it or not secure it properly... the principle applies equally to car seats or life jackets as near as I can tell.

My husband is one of those people who believes he's invincible and shouldn't have to wear a life vest. I hope one of those inflatables will convince him otherwise. If it takes $300 to reduce the chance that I get to live as a widow, I'm all for it.
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But I figure you all are way more mature than the kids who made fun of me in the 6th grade.

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Oh, you poor trusting soul.
You aren't the first person to underestimate us.
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Re: Life vests for the well-endowed

Meh. The same picture is on Facebook for all to see. And I've developed a pretty thick skin over the years.
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If you got the bucks, these are great;
What is the difference between those ones and these ones:
MD2087 M.I.T. Membrane Inflatable Technologyô

I can't figure out any significant difference between the Deluxe one you linked and this one (other than the available colors - and I just want something bright and visible). But this one is about $60 less.
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What is the difference between those ones and these ones:
MD2087 M.I.T. Membrane Inflatable Technologyô

I can't figure out any significant difference between the Deluxe one you linked and this one (other than the available colors - and I just want something bright and visible). But this one is about $60 less.
At a quick glance, the major difference is that the more expensive one has a hydrostatic trigger, which uses water pressure rather than inflating when it gets wet, which reduces the chance of it inflating accidentally. I didnít look very closely but the more expensive ones tend to have extras like soft collars and inspection windows to check on the firing mechanism.

Donít worry about the color (from a visibility point of view), they open up when inflated and are then all brightly colored, usually yellow.

Shop around for the best deal you can get. Depending on your level safety consciousness and where you use it, a crotch strap and a spray hood are nice features to have (they all come with a light and whistle, right?). Also I found some more comfortable than others, although I am a slightly different shape.

BTW, I got mine in Europe because, for some reason, inflatable lifejackets are (or at least were) less expensive there. Donít know why.
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